Some myths about epilepsy are centuries old, but they still persist. Imad Najm, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center dispels 13 of the most common myths about epilepsy.
There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture, but the truth is that this practice has been around for more than 3,500 years and provides relief to people around the world. Below, find 10 of the most common myths about acupuncture: Myth 1: Acupuncture hurts — after all, we’re talking needles Fact: Although we use needles, … Read More
Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More
Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand (or arm in cuff) in most people’s minds. After all, these two “vital signs” are measured together at the doctor’s office. But the two measure distinct factors related to your heart health. Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries, … Read More
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Think twice before reaching for that fat-free cookie or sugar-free ice cream bar as an afternoon snack. In most cases, you’re better off having the real thing in moderate portions, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. The issue, Kirkpatrick says, is that choosing heavily processed foods over natural … Read More
The national discussion about healthcare reform continues, especially as the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace coverage is set to take effect in January. Healthcare reform is a heated topic, and there is plenty of confusion about what is fact and what is fiction. As we all talk about the future of healthcare, our discussion … Read More
Most women would agree that the right bra can provide a few benefits. However, there are enduring myths about the power of the right bra, experts say.
When you’re pregnant, it’s often easy to overeat based on a simple idea: “I’m eating for two.” In reality, you need only about 300 extra calories per day to support healthy development of your baby. You’re not eating for two adults, after all. For perspective, 300 calories can come from a cup of Greek yogurt, … Read More
If you believe the marketing materials, alkaline water can increase your energy, hydrate you better than regular water, prevent digestive issues and even slow aging. Science does not support these claims, says Beth Czerwony MS, RD, LD, a Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian. “This may be a case where you slap a ‘natural’ label on water … Read More
Sadly, the first time many people think about osteoporosis is after their first bone fracture. Even though this disease of weakened bones is highly common — affecting as many as 200 million people worldwide — many myths prevent people from seeking the treatment or risk-reduction strategies they need. Below are just a few common assumptions. … Read More